City Fitness to Help Back on My Feet Philadelphia Raise $50k to Fight Homelessness in Philly With Treadmill Challenge
Local health club will provide 10 treadmills for 8-hour fundraising event at The Shops at Liberty Place on June 6

Philadelphia, PA – May 23, 2018– Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit organization operating in 12 major cities coast to coast will hold its third annual Cigna Back on My Feet Treadmill Challenge on Wednesday, June 6th (Global Running Day) at The Shops at Liberty Place. The Cigna Foundation provides grant funding to support the programs of Back on My Feet and the Cigna Corporation generously provides sponsorship funding for the annual Treadmill Challenge. Over the course of eight hours, ten fundraising teams will run on treadmills to raise funds for the Back on My Feet program. This year, City Fitness joins Back on My Feet as their official Treadmill Challenge partner.

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Nationally, Back on My Feet has helped more than 5,500 individuals experiencing homelessness gain housing and/or employment. Back on My Feet’s economic impact study found that for every $1 invested in the organization, nearly $2.50 is returned to the community.

“At City Fitness, we think an active lifestyle and a commitment to putting in hard work can influence a broader improvement in someone’s overall wellbeing,” said Tom Wingert, Vice President of Marketing for City Fitness. “Philadelphians coming together to raise money and awareness by actively participating in a healthy lifestyle act – running – is the perfect alignment between City Fitness’ company values and the mission of Back on My Feet.”

Ten treadmills will be set up in The Shops at Liberty Place rotunda, where more than 100 individuals from eight corporate fundraising teams will join together to run, compete and raise funds for Back on My Feet. The goal of the Treadmill Challenge is to raise more than $50,000 for the Philadelphia program.

“The Back on My Feet program is built upon the transformative power of community and fitness,” said Cathryn Sanderson, Executive Director of Back on My Feet Philadelphia. “For that reason, we are so pleased to welcome City Fitness, a company committed to wellness, community and transformation, as a partner for this event.”

Other partners joining Back on My Feet for the 2018 Treadmill Challenge will include Precor, AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Temple University, Baker Tilly, MSC Retail, Saxbys Coffee, KPMG, Endless Pools and The Shops at Liberty Place.

More information regarding the event: here

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About Back on My Feet

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Operating in 12 major cities coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week. The second phase of the program, Next Steps, provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Since 2007, over 70% of our members successfully move their lives forward through employment, education or housing, which translates to more than 5,500 jobs and homes. 2,100+ members have gone on to complete further education and/or training programs. Of those who find employment, 83% are still employed after 15 months, 44% receive a wage increase within the first 6 months and 21% achieve a promotion. Our members start, on average, at $12.75/hr. verses the national minimum wage of $7.25/hr. Through our innovative program, Back on My Feet proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible and that there are people who will support them along the way. For additional information, visit here.

About Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in over 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit https://www.cigna.com. For more information about Cigna’s proposed acquisition of Express Scripts, please visit here.

About City Fitness

City Fitness is Philadelphia’s fitness authority, promoting fit and active lifestyles in our city, both inside and outside of our health clubs. Founded in 2007 with one health club in the Northern Liberties neighborhood in Philadelphia, City Fitness has expanded to 5 locations in the greater Center City area, with over 160 full-time-equivalent employees, a membership base of over 14,000, and its 6th club set to open in late 2018.

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